Mr. Speaker, the Canada Council operates under the Minister of Canadian Heritage.
The council granted Hilarey Mackey and Shelly Wine $16,000 to produce the video "Fury of The Sound" even though these women were under criminal contempt charges for the very activity that was to be the subject of the video: criminally blocking forestry workers from going to work in Clayoquot Sound. Mackey and Wine were each sentenced to 21 days in jail on October 6 for criminal contempt.
The minister states he does not have any authority over the awarding of these grants and the director of the Canada Council defers to a system of evaluation by peers. Canadian taxpayers are fed up with organizations that use their tax dollars to foster the destruction of their lifestyle. When is the minister going to change legislation in his department?